DAPER Recently Celebrates the Naming of Fran O'Brien Field

DAPER Recently Celebrates the Naming of Fran O'Brien Field

Cambridge, Mass. (May 4) -- Recently at an on-campus ceremony, the MIT Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) unveiled a plaque commemorating the naming of Fran O'Brien Field, named in honor of the former MIT baseball head coach who compiled 255 all-time wins over his MIT career.

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The home of the MIT baseball program, Fran O'Brien Field was fully renovated in the summer of 2016 with a new playing surface, new fencing and all new bullpen areas.

At the ceremony, nearly 40 alumni, family and friends of Fran O'Brien turned out from all over the country to support the event and Fran as he spoke to the crowd and took photos with former players, the current team and the others gathered.

"I think any time you have an opportunity to honor someone who means so much to so many alumni and even members of our staff who knew Fran when he was here, I think it's just a wonderful tribute that made the day very special," said Julie Soriero, MIT Director of Athletics.

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On April 22, 2017, MIT Baseball celebrated the naming of Fran O'Brien Field with a ceremony unveiling a plaque located behind the backstop. MIT Director of Athletics Julie Soriero talks about the event and what it means to the department and the baseball program.